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A giant in the garden

Friday, September 11, 2009

Aroids, to my way of thinking, are an integral part of a tropical/subtropical garden. They range in size from petite to giant, and the shapes can be as slender and minimalist or as ruffled and rococo as you prefer. They climb palms and trees throughout my garden, and they hold up strikingly patterned leaves from hanging baskets, from the ground and from the pond. Among the most impressive size-wise is Alocasia macrorrhizos 'Borneo Giant' in the background; Cyrtosperma johnstonii at right, ...

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Love those leaves

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Susan Schock with the aroids she plans to transport to her Key West home. Susan Schock drove up from Key West to buy a wagonload of her favorite plants, alocasias, at the International Aroid Society's annual show and sale that opened Saturday morning. "I came here in 1996 and saw the Fairchild Garden, and then drove to Key West and decided that's where I wanted to live,'' she said. Originally from Tucson, AZ., and then New Mexico, Susan was captivated by the tropical greenery. Today, she ...

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Fairchild Raises the “Woof” with Dog Days at Fairchild This Sunday!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Fairchild Raises the "Woof" with Dog Days at Fairchild This Sunday! Coral Gables, FL, September 20, 2009- On Sunday, September 27, Fairchild is thrilled to host Dog Day at Fairchild, a special day dedicated to your furry four legged friends. Bring your pooch and take advantage of this great opportunity to enjoy Fairchild's lush surroundings, big, open spaces and awesome activities for dogs and owners alike! Don't miss out-this is the only day of the year that...

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A very likable bat (plant)

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Whiskers are really modified leaves as are the "wings" ofthe bat. Here's a reason to celebrate: the bat-plant is flowering. Its upright white bracts hover like wings above a cluster of flowers draped with long whiskers (really The white bat-plant with one of its flowers open. bracteoles or little bracts that are modified leaves). The whiskers remind me of drawings of the wispy beards of Chinese elders, but for most people, they resemble cats' whiskers. The flowers' anthers and...

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Tropical Garden Fall 2009

Thursday, September 24, 2009

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